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Princess Kate's legendary sports moment goes viral

Princess Kate's athletic abilities are the focus of a new viral video as the Queen continues to take time away from the public eye following a cancer diagnosis.

Kate is considered one of the most athletic members of the royal family, with a passion for tennis, hockey, sailing, rugby and swimming. Since her marriage to Prince William in 2011, Kate has performed many of these sports at official functions, with some events raising money for charity.

Princess Kate catches the ball during a training session with England's rugby teams in London on February 2, 2022. Footage of the engagement went viral on the Internet.

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In 2022, Kate was appointed patron of the Rugby Football Union and the Rugby Football League in England by Queen Elizabeth II. Prince Harry returned the roles to the Crown when he stepped down as royal two years earlier.

Since taking on these duties, Kate has taken part in a number of rugby events, including training sessions with the England teams in 2022 and 2023.

Footage of the Whites' training session with the England women's team in 2022 has gone viral on social media site TikTok after being uploaded by user @princess__jo.

The clip has been viewed more than 270,000 times and shows Kate performing a lineout drill in which the Queen is lifted into the air to catch a ball thrown into play.

Kate also tried her hand at kicking, catching and passing along the line with the team's stars.

The video has received over 2,300 likes and numerous comments, many of which praised the princess and referenced her recent health issues.

“This is a real princess, beautiful Kate,” wrote one TikTok fan.

“She will be a wonderful queen,” posted another, adding, “Prayers for Princess Catherine and her family.”

Since Kate announced her cancer diagnosis on March 22, she has received an outpouring of public support from social media users, celebrities and world leaders.

President Joe Biden was one of the prominent figures to send the princess a personal message. In the hours after the Queen announced she was receiving “preventive chemotherapy” following a cancer diagnosis, he posted on X (formerly Twitter) and wrote: “Jill and I join millions around the world in praying for your full recovery, Princess Kate.”

British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak also issued a statement saying: “The Princess of Wales has the love and support of the whole country.”

Since Kate's announcement, Kensington Palace in London has stressed that there will be no ongoing comment on her health.

Instead, fans turned to Prince William to find out how his wife was dealing with the situation through comments made during his public appearances.

On June 5, the King attended a commemoration of the 80th anniversary of the Allied landings in Normandy. In Portsmouth, southern England, he was asked by a veteran whether Kate was “better.”

“She's better,” the prince was heard to reply. “She would have liked to be here today.”

Kensington Palace said in May that Kate would not return to work until her doctors allowed it, but in her announcement in March, the princess said she was looking forward to resuming her duties.

“We hope you understand that we as a family need some time, space and privacy now while I complete my treatment,” Kate said.

“I have always enjoyed my work and look forward to getting back to work as soon as I am able. But now I need to focus on making a full recovery.”

James Crawford-Smith is NewsweekThe royal reporter based in London. You can find him on X (formerly Twitter) at @jrcrawfordsmith and read his stories on Newsweek's The Royals Facebook page.

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